Vinayaka Chavithi 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010


Dal Makhani

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Vinayaka Chavithi

Whole Urad Dal - 1 cup
Rajma - 1/2 cup
Green Chillies - 6
Onion paste - with 1 onion (optional)
Tomato puree - with 4 or 5 tomatoes
Ginger - Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp (or you can use ginger and garlic pieces)
Fresh cream/Milk - 1/2 cup
Garam Masala - 2 tbsp
Butter/Oil - 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste
Cilantro - handful

Soak the washed Urad dal and Rajma in lots of water overnight.

Pressure cook the dal with lots of water and along with little salt until fully cooked.

Later drain the water and keep aside.

Heat the butter in a pan, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida andlater add in onion paste.

After 3-4 mins add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 more mins.

Add in the tomato puree. Cook this mixture on medium heat for 5 mins. And turmeric at this point.

Add the cooked urad dal and mix well. Add 1 cup of water if it is too thick.

Add cream/milk and garam masala now and check for salt.

Let it cook on low-medium heat for atleast 30 mins.

Lastly add cilantro for garnishing.


Rajma Masala

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hi folks,

Sorry for the long absence, been a lil busy doing nothing.

Rajma - 2 cups (soaked and pressure cooked)
Onion - 1 big
Tomatoes - 3 (I used Roma tomatoes)
Green chillies - 4 small
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Coriander Pwd - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Pwd - 1 tsp
Rajma Masala - 1 tsp (optional)
Channa Masala - 1 tsp (optional)
Turmeric - a pinch
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - 1 few
Cilantro - handful
Oil - 2 tbsp


Take a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 tbsp oil in medium flame, add in cumin seeds and curry leaves, after they are done, add in onions and green chillies.
After the onions turn translucent, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.
Then, pop in the tomatoes along with 1/2 of water and close the lid.
After the tomatoes are fully done remove from heat and let it cool and grind this mixture into a smooth paste.

Take an other pan, heat the remaining oil, and add the Rajma, salt, turmeric and chilli pwd. Fry for a while.
Add in the onion-tomato paste, all the masalas and let it cook until everything comes together.
Lastly, add in chopped cilantro and you are done.

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